Holy crap, what a great read this was!!
Michael Mammay is well known in the online writers' community for his generosity and his willingness to help others with their writing craft (including mine). He has delivered one hell of a debut novel with PLANETSIDE. I was looking forward to this novel like it was Christmas, and I was not disappointed.
A military thriller wrapped up in a big shiny science fiction ribbon, this story captured me from page one and didn't let go until the end.
Colonel Butler is one step away from retirement when a call from an old friend draws him back to the front and the case of a missing soldier who happens to be the son of a prominent politician. Too many convenient glitches dog his attempts to investigate the disappearance, and many of the officers are openly hostile to his presence. When he gets too close to the truth, Butler and his soldiers are targeted by someone who wants to silence him. The only way to find the truth is to put himself into the thick of battle with questionable alien allies under the command of a mysterious, unstable C.O.
Mammay's characters are wholly believable, especially in the case of the tenacious, battle-weary Butler. The author's military career is clearly evident in the atmosphere he creates and the diversity of the soldiers.
Do NOT miss this one. It's going to be huge.